Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Breed in the boreal forests from Alaska to Newfoundland, and winter from the southern United States southward.
Length 9-12 inches
Wingspan 21-27 inches
Weight 5-9 ounces
Variable; often conifer forests with openings in north, or grasslands with groves of trees.
Mainly small birds; occasionally small mammals such as mice.
Small, dark falcon with long, pointed wings. Relatively rare wherever it occurs. Very capable flier, catching avian prey almost exclusively. Dark underwings, and lacks a bold mustache mark. Looks like a small, dark peregrine falcon.